Posts published in Day: September 22, 2020

Average bribes in Latvia between €20 000 and €30 000, say anti-graft cops

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

From 2013 to 2019, the average amount of bribes offered, promised or given was between €20 000 and €30 000, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) told LETA September 22. In these years, the largest bribe in the cases investigated by KNAB was €1 million and the smallest was €100. The amount of the bribe depends on the complexity of the “service” provided, i.e. a more complicated case involving senior officials…

New ambassador-at-large for Latvian diaspora starts work

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On 21 September 2020, Elita Gavele took up the post of Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora at Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to an official statement. Elita Gavele began her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. From 1991 to 2006, she worked at the Latvian Embassies in Lithuania and Russia, as well as holding various posts at the Foreign Ministry Headquarters. She has served as Head of…

Lithuanians advised to work from home whenever possible

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Employers should allow their workers to do their jobs from home whenever possible, a health official says, as the coronavirus in Lithuania begins to spread in offices. Lithuania saw a spike in new infections, reporting nearly 300 cases since last Friday. The situation is under control, but the virus is spreading from weekend parties and family gatherings to offices and workplaces, said Rolanda Lingienė of the National Public Health Centre…

Latvia goes multi-cultural for European Day of Languages 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Every year on September 26, European Union Member States celebrate the European Day of Languages.  Latvian Language Agency (LVA) is organizing many events in the coming days to appreciate European languages, according to a September 21 release by LVA. Events include lectures, exhibitions, classes, and more. Most events will be held in Latvian with elements of the language in focus, but some will also be held in other languages. Full program of…

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU sanctions must not harm Belarusian society

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On September 21, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, according to a statement from Foreign Ministry. The meeting exchanged views on developments in Turkey, Russia and China, as well as a discussion on relations between the EU and the African Union, and the latest developments in Belarus. The EU Foreign Ministers discussed potential EU support for…

Buying Covid-19 vaccines may cost over €100m for Lithuania

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania may need over 100 million euros to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, according to government officials. If the government decides to cover its bases and make agreements with all the manufacturers that are currently developing coronavirus vaccines, “it will definitely make over 100 million euros”, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Tuesday. “It wouldn’t necessarily cost that much, because it’s unclear how many of these vaccines will be proven effective…

Dancing stork kicks off Lithuania’s prep for FIFA Futsal World Cup

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania has revealed its dancing stork mascot, nicknamed Ivartito, as the country gears up to host the FIFA Futsal World Cup championship in 2021. Ivartito, which can be loosely translated as Goalito, danced around in the three host cities – Vilnius, Klaipėda, and Kaunas. According to FIFA.com, “Ivartito is an advocate for the tournament and the sport, bringing openness and passion to everything he does”. “We are very happy to…

Belarus steps up controls on Lithuanian lorries causing delays

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuanian haulage companies are facing delays and increased costs after Belarus has stepped up border checks on trucks registered in Lithuania. “All cargoes are now X-rayed”, Romas Austinskas, the president of the national road carriers’ association Linava, told BNS on Monday. “Since the border is not a place where many vehicles can fit in, [the lorries] are now directed to Belarus’ internal customs points for additional checks. Goods are unloaded,…

Lithuania confirms 45 new coronavirus cases, over 30 active hotspots

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Forty-five new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, bringing the country’s total count to 3,859, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday morning. In two cases, infections were contracted abroad: a person in Vilnius was diagnosed after returning from Belarus, while a resident of Alytus returned from Ireland. Four new infections have been attributed to the outbreak in Radviliškis Hospital in northern Lithuania, currently the biggest coronavirus hotspot in…

Lithuania in FinCEN dirty money trail: millions wired through now-bankrupt bank

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The FinCEN Files, the massive leaks revealing some 2 trillion US dollars in dirty money transactions worldwide, also include banks operating in Lithuania. Between 2000 and 2017, several banks in Lithuania have received and transferred 29.9 and 41.1 million US dollars, respectively, in suspicious transactions. In some 2,500 documents leaked to Buzzfeed News and other media, 171 transactions reported as suspicious feature Lithuanian banks. Fourty-eight of the transactions totalling 16.6…